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Dodgers acquire Ricky Nolasco from Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2013 at 11:36 pm •  Published: July 6, 2013
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With Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu entrenched as starters, the Dodgers didn't need a new No. 1 pitcher. But Nolasco's acquisition should help overcame the absences of Josh Beckett (season-ending neck surgery) and Chad Billingsley (right elbow pain) at the back end of the rotation as Los Angeles looks to make a playoff push.

"He's been a good starter for a while now," Kershaw said of Nolasco. "I'm excited to get him in the rotation. It's exciting for us, for sure. He's good."

The Marlins got back what they covet most: prospects with small salaries and potential, albeit not the most coveted ones in the Dodgers' farm system.

The 26-year-old Wall went 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA in six relief appearances for the Dodgers this season. He is 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA in 25 games for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Ames, 25, was 2-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 30 appearances for Albuquerque this year. Sanchez, 23, is a combined 2-7 with a 4.67 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Nolasco last pitched Wednesday in Atlanta. He gave up two runs on six hits, striking out seven in seven innings in the Marlins' 6-3 win. He would be in line to pitch for the Dodgers early next week, though Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was still sorting out his rotation.

"He wants to be out there," said shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was traded from the Marlins last season. "I was with him for six or seven years. Nobody had a complaint about him. Great guy."

Colletti declined to discuss other trades the team has, or will, explore. He also declined to mention the other teams who were interested in Nolasco. But, Colletti added, he expects to stay busy before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"It's not the only priority," Colletti said. "We think when we get healthy the offense will be fine. Pitching is always a priority when you get to this time of year."